American Consumer Confidence Slips from 18-Year High
U.S. consumer confidence fell in March, following an 18-year high last month. The Conference Board reported the index dropped form a reading of 130 in February, to 127.7 in March. The February level was the highest it had been since November 2000.
Assessment of business conditions and the stock market declined, causing consumers to feel less optimistic. Short-term expectations declined too, though the overall outlook remained favorable.
Survey respondents indicating business conditions are good increased from 36.5% to 37.9%. However, those believing conditions are bad rose from 11.3% to 13.4%.
Lynn Franco, the Conference Board’s director of economic indicators, said, “Despite the modest retreat in confidence, index levels remain historically high and suggest further strong growth in the months ahead.”
Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services.
In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company.
In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix.
Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator.
Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements.
Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.
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